Former-slash-disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker have been tapped to co-host a new CNN primetime news program.
The hour-long, roundtable discussion-style show will premiere in the fall, as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, says CNN. It will air at 8/7c, replacing Campbell Brown’s program.
“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” CNN president Jon Klein said in a statement. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”
Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned as governor in March 2008 after having been caught frequenting a prostitute, says of his cohost, “Kathleen is an extraordinary intellect whose sharp observations and wit are certain to resonate with viewers. I look forward to working alongside her in a discussion that will inform, challenge, and entertain.”
Parker, a widely published journalist who in April won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, pegs herself as a “rational” conservative who is “thrilled by the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to me —and that aren’t heard often enough on television—in a conversation with one of the nation’s most brilliant, fearless and original thinkers.
“With Eliot Spitzer as my co-host,” she adds, “Wall Street and Main Street will finally meet. It can’t possibly be boring.”
News of the new program comes on the heels of talk that veteran interviewer Larry King will be vacating his CNN post. recent reports, however, counter that King might instead just be sent to a new time slot.
What do you think of this combo, cable news enthusiasts? Is CNN on the right track to reversing its recent ratings slide?